Three more students from Pitman High signed letters of intent on Wednesday to play at the college level. Ashley Solis, Julia Brewer, and Kamau "Tiqi" Brown committed to their respective colleges as their parents, coaches, teammates, and friends shared the moment, and in some cases tears, with the soon to be collegiate athletes.
The third time was the charm for Turlock High's girls soccer team. After two ties the Bulldogs finally defeated rival Pitman High on Tuesday in their third conference matchup of the season, 2-1. The victory brought the Central California Conference crown back to Turlock and denied the Pride back to back championship seasons.
Turlock High's boys golf team put the cherry on top of their stellar 2012 campaign with a first place finish at the Central California Conference Tournament on Monday. The Bulldogs finished the day with a score of 419, a full 28 strokes ahead of second place Golden Valley High, solidifying their position as outright CCC champions.
Conference competition has ended for Turlock and Pitman High's swim teams with Saturday's conclusion to the 2012 CCC Conference Meet. Pitman's girls were the big winners between the cross-town rivals, finishing second in the meet and second overall in the Central California Conference.
Cacey Clark will soon be making a big move from the small, quiet town of Denair to another small, quiet town - Crete, Neb. Clark, a three-year starter on Denair High's soccer team, recently received a full ride scholarship from Doane College, fulfilling a dream eight years in the making.
Turlock High's Scott Gray became the first Bulldog boys tennis player to win the Central California Conference singles tournament three years in a row after his 6-2, 6-3 victory over Pitman High's Morcos Boutros on Thursday.
Turlock High was out to a good start on Thursday when they traveled to Merced High to face the conference leading Bears (9-3 CCC). The Bulldogs (6-6 CCC) scored twice in the beginning of the first inning and looked to be on their way to collecting more runs with no outs and the bases loaded. Unfortunately for Turlock, Merced's defense held strong in the first inning and its offense showcased its tenacity in the second and third innings, paving the way for a tight 10-9 victory.
The girls of Pitman High's track team are now one step away from claiming the Central California Conference championship after their 10 point victory, 73-63, over Atwater High on Wednesday. Freshman Lauren Cariaso helped lead the Pride's ladies (3-0-1 CCC) to their victory in the rain with three first place finishes in the 100m, 4x100m relay, and triple jump events.
Turlock High welcomed Atwater High to the Turlock Country Club on Thursday for the final conference golf matchup of the season. The Bulldogs defeated the Falcons 257-222, remaining undefeated and in high spirits as they prepare for Monday's CCC Golf Championship.
Pitman and Turlock high's players arrived to the Central California Conference Boys Tennis Individual Tournament at the Millennium Sports Club in Merced with high hopes and targets on their back after finishing first and second in the CCC, respectively. The Bulldogs and Pride each had three singles players involved in the tournament, and by the end of the semi finals the cross town rivals found themselves as the sole contestants for first, second and third place.
The top two softball teams in the Trans Valley League faced each other on Tuesday when Hilmar High hosted undefeated Hughson High. As was the case last time these two teams met on the softball field, the Huskies (8-0 TVL) shut out the Yellowjackets (5-3 TVL), winning 7-0.
The sun was out in full force on Saturday when 15 track teams gathered at Joe Debely Stadium for the Hughson Vintage Invitational. Athletes from Turlock, Denair, Hilmar, and Turlock Christian High were among those involved in Saturday's competition as well as a number of junior high athletes from around the area.
Pitman High's girls swim team handedly defeated Buhach Colony High on Friday 104-66 but there was some controversy regarding the outcome of the boys' competition, which ended with a score of 83-83 in the Thunder's favor. Disagreements regarding a false start during a boys race turned Pitman's final swim meet of the season into a contested one, which will need to be resolved by league officials before the Central California Conference meets later this week. Even without the contention, however, the meet between the Pride and the Thunder is still not done as the diving events, which ...
The sun was hot and the stakes were high on Thursday in a must win game for Pitman High. Just two days after suffering a one run loss to Merced High, Pitman's baseball team turned the tables on the Bears (7-3 CCC), beating them 15-9. Merced was tied with Buhach Colony High for first place in the Central California Conference prior to its loss to the Pride (5-5 CCC) and now sits in second place, two games ahead of both Pitman and Turlock High.
Atwater High didn't stand a chance on Thursday when its baseball team traveled to Turlock to face the Bulldogs (5-5 CCC). Turlock, who lost a close game to the Falcons (3-7 CCC) on Tuesday, scored in each inning in what turned out to be a 13-1 rout of Atwater.
It was a rematch of rivals on Saturday during the championship game of the 30th annual Atch Pedretti Tournament. Around this time last year, Turlock and Pitman High clashed over the Pedretti championship for the first time in the tournament's history, with the Bulldogs emerging victorious by landslide victory.
Turlock and Pitman High will meet on the baseball field in a game to watch, before league play even starts after both squads notched back-to-back wins in this year's Pedretti Tournament earning a spot in the championship round.
Turlock's Albino Orozco (170 pounds) is the last man standing for area wrestlers in the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
The Central California Conference is known to be one of the most competitive leagues in the valley in nearly every sport-including softball.
Turlock and Pitman High kicked off track season on Friday by going the distance, joining 16 other high schools at Joe Debely Stadium for the Pitman Distance Wars. But while only a handful of each team's track competitors actually saw action on Friday, their respective rosters-sprinters, jumpers, and throwers-were in attendance to cheer their teammates on.
With preseason currently in play, the Southern Athletic League and Trans Valley League girls soccer teams prepare for another fresh season.
The California Interscholastic Federation State Wrestling Championships is two days away. After countless hours of practice and months of preparation-and in some cases years-seven local wrestlers are on the cusp of what will be the biggest stage of their wrestling careers. They're State bound.
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